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Fear of ESN? FG move to stop Herdsmen from roaming across Nigeria
Nigeria has announced a move to halt the movement of cattle around the country by the Fulani Herdsmen to prevent aged clash with farmers.
The president’s Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu noted on Tuesday while on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
He expressed disturbance that the herders have continued to move cattle into farmers resulting in killing and destruction of properties.
His word: “We have to stop these herders from roaming and eating up crops all over the country. They drive their cattle into farmlands and they eat up crops and the farmers fight back and the killings follow. This country cannot continue in this way,”
The president’s aide said the moving about of rearers will be blamed on the drying up of grazing lands in the major parts of the North.
“The encroachment by desert leading to the drying up of a lot of grazing lands in the northern-most parts of the country have put pressure on the herders who are looking southwards for green grass so that their cattle will eat and also have water to drink.
“It’s a global climate change situation which is unfortunate, considering what has happened around Lake Chad basin itself drying to up about only ten percent of its original size,” he added.
However, Shehu expressed joy that governors of the north-central are presently brainstorming jointly in view of solving grazing issues.
This is coming time youths in the Southern region under the aegis of Eastern Security Network (ESN) voluntarily agreed to put resources together to secure their communities.
The leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu who announced weeks ago while launching the internal vigilante outfit through his media and publicity secretary Emma Powerful noted that forests within the East have been turned into killing and rapping fields.
Kanu pointedly warned Herdsmen, and related criminal alliances operating in the South East region to relocate quickly or face any fallout consequence.